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Do Institutions Rule? The Role of Heterogeneity in the Institutions vs. Geography Debate

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  • Andros Kourtellos
  • Thanasis Strengos
  • Chih Ming Tan

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We uncover evidence of substantial heterogeneity in the growth experience of countries using a structural threshold regression methodology. Our findings suggest that studies that seek to promote mono-causal explanations in the institutions versus geography debate in growth are potentially misleading.

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  • Andros Kourtellos & Thanasis Strengos & Chih Ming Tan, 2009. "Do Institutions Rule? The Role of Heterogeneity in the Institutions vs. Geography Debate," Discussion Papers Series, Department of Economics, Tufts University 0735, Department of Economics, Tufts University.
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    Keywords

    Threshold Regression; Endogenous Threshold Variables; Growth; Institutions; Geography;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth

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